You know how everyone in health care advises you to get a flu shot every year? Not so fast.
A sampling of flu cases so far this season suggests the current flu vaccine may not be a good match for the most common seasonal flu strain currently circulating in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.
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The CDC said flu shots may still offer some protection against drifted viruses, which could help reduce the risk of the most severe complications from the flu, such as hospitalization and death. The current seasonal flu shots will still protect against flu strains that have not mutated, such as the influenza A (H1N1) virus and the B viruses contained in the vaccine.
The CDC is stressing that doctors should be prepared to use antiviral medications when needed.
There's more at the link.
So . . . if I've had the flu shot, but get flu anyway because the shot's ineffective this year, do I get a refund of my $20 co-payment for the shot? And does my medical insurance get refunded whatever it paid?